Eshelman Pottery

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Meet the Artist

  • About This Artist

    Functional pottery is my cultural attempt to bring order and human dignity to the merely physical act of consuming food and drink. As the pots are used daily, my hope is that they carry measures of quiet and nourishment for body and spirit. I imagine people at a dinner table, workspace, or office cubicle where food and drink are served and humanized by hospitable, well-ordered pots. My work is safe in the dishwasher and microwave.

  • Q&A With This Artist

    A: I mix a red stoneware casting slip which is formed in plaster molds that I personally design and make. The pieces are finished and polished, fired, glazed and refired. The materials used in my pottery are almost exclusively sourced from the United States.

    A: I enjoy using an amorphous material to form functional vessels.

    A: We have happily situated our studio and life in a tiny village, population 700.

    A: The books, "Elements of Euclid," by Oliver Byrne, and "Basic Forms," by Bernd and Hilla Becher inspire my work, as well as mid-century ceramist Eva Ziesel and contemporary designer Etore Sotsass.

    A: In an age of distraction and isolation, food and drink served in well-crafted pottery can nourish and comfort people when they are alone or when they come together.

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